A man was severely injured after falling 70 feet into Hawaii's Kilauea caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Wednesday.
As reported by National Park Service officials, the incident happened after the climber lost his footing as he tried to cross over a metal railing. The official also claimed that the victim had been trying to approach to the cliff's edge by the Steaming Bluff overlook.
The man was recused almost two and a half hour into the search operation after another visitor reported the incident. The man was found 70 feet below the edge, heavily injured on a narrow ledge.
The victim, identified as a soldier from the Schofield Barracks on Oahu, was soon pulled up and airlifted to a hospital. He was reportedly for training on the Big Island.
Hawaii County Fire Department battalion chief Matthias Kusch later gave updates about the victim's situation, saying,
He obviously is doing remarkably well for his fall. Only time will tell what injuries he has.
Well, the last time a similar incident happened was in October 2017. And as of now, the part officials have warned visitors against crossing the railings.
Chief Ranger John Broward stated,
Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges. Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death
The latest accident occurred almost a year after the latest volcanic eruption in Kīlauea.